Corporate Mercenaries: Are They a Threat?

Corporate mercenaries are known by a number of names: Private military companies; Private security companies; Military contractors; Mercenaries; and Private military and security companies (PMSC’s). “War is one of the chief causes of poverty. War can completely undermine a country’s development prospects, destroying schools and hospitals and putting agricultural land out of use for years… Read More

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The Best & Most Influential Military Work…

“The best and most influential military work was Bingfa (The Art of War), a short book by Sun Zi (Sun Tzu). His strategies dominate the thirteen chapters, and his goal, winning the battle, underlies the whole book. The Art of War is the first important work on strategy and theory in world military history. Michael… Read More

The Estimate Process for Non-Combat Decision-Making

Introduction There are many of us in the RAF who have never heard of the Estimate and others who have heard of it but have not had any tuition in its use. As a result, it is often considered something of a ‘black art’ and strictly for the use of senior personnel who are involved… Read More

What was Project Popeye?

Ok, so the name Project Popeye is slightly misleading, as it is not about some sailor eating spinach and having super strength. During the Vietnam war in the 1960s, US forces attempted to use cloud seeding to make the Ho Chi Minh Trail impassable, in Vietnam, an effort known as Project Popeye (Hambling, 2018). It failed, but a… Read More

From Coal to Oil…

“ON THE EVE of the first world war a young Winston Churchill switched the Royal Navy from coal to oil. As Daniel Yergin put it in his book“The Prize”, the reliance on doubtful supplies of oil from Persia rather than Welsh coal turned energy security into a question of national strategy. Churchill responded that “safety and certainty in oil… Read More

Analysing the Challenges & Opportunities for Reintegration & Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda

Research Paper Title Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda: An Analysis of the Challenges and Opportunities for Reintegration and Rehabilitation. Abstract The level of brutality and violence against children abducted and forcefully conscripted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda pricked the conscience of humanity. The suffering of the people in northern Uganda was described by… Read More

Discussing Child Soldiers in Genocidal Regimes

Research Paper Title Child Soldiers in Genocidal Regimes: The Cases of the Khmer Rouge and the Hutu Power. Abstract Genocide is one of the worst things one can imagine throughout the history of humanity. But in the cases of Cambodia and Rwanda this was even more serious as children were used as instruments of the… Read More